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Daphne Guinness: "There is No Wrong When Love is Involved"

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Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

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Truth be told, we're not, you know, scholars on the lives and times of English heiress Daphne Guinness. All we've really known about her up until this point is that she's fantastical-looking, has the most covetable wardrobe we've ever seen, and is terribly kind with a fierce sense of humor. In March's Harper's Bazaar, Guinness opens up and gets personal—and she even candidly discusses her longtime affair with the married French philosophy Bernard-Henri Lévy.

On fashion: "I don't approach fashion; fashion approaches me! I treat clothing or a piece of jewelry like it was a piece of art," she says, "even though people who collect clothes get a bad rap because they're told it's all vanity."

On her liaisons with Bernard-Henri Lévy: "He is quite obviously the love of my life. My greatest sorrow has been the unresolved question of the state of our relationship."

It's a love triangle she did not foresee: "I've tried to be as elegant about [the situation] as possible. It certainly doesn't make me feel good to hurt anyone, but when things are real, and when there is bound to be collateral damage, you have to look at what's most precious. And that's love."

Has it been worth the pain to share so much of her life with a married man? "I realized the other day that there is no wrong when love is involved."

· Daphne Guinness [Harper's Bazaar]